8 Tips On Using Your Tripod Safely On Rugged Terrain

Written by Gina Stephens

When expending a tripod tripod is a portable three-legged frame or stand, used as a platform for supporting the weight and maintaining the stability of on terrain that is rocky, uneven, or hilly, there are a few things that you can do to make sure your tripod is as stable as it can be. Some of these heads may seem like common sense, but they will hopefully help prevent any accidents such as your camera taking a plunge in a river!


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1. Slant And Load

Before you venture out make sure you're using a tripod that can support the weight of your gear. Also, if you're buying a new tripod and are expecting on getting larger heavier lenses in the future do take this into consideration when making your purchase. Look for a light tripod reckoned for the highest weight as you'll soon notice the weight of your tripod once you're half way up a wet, uneven hillside. 


2. Assess Your Environs

It's always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure that the area is stable enough to stand your tripod on prior to setting up. If you're working on very rocky terrain or near the edge of a big drop, make sure the tripod is not liable to slip.

It can also go over a while to set your tripod up so it's always a good idea to find your location and have some ideas about composition up front putting your camera on its support. 


3. Legs Before Column

When setting up, extend the legs before extending the concentrate column. Extending just the centre column is one quick operation and you are ready to shoot, but it is not good technique and can leave you with an unstable base to influence with.

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4. Adjust The Legs

Extend the fattest leg section first and keep the thin, spindly legs till last for when you truly need the height. Having a wider base to work with is always a wise decision as they are more stable. Many tripods now proffer various angle settings that lock at different degrees.


5. Ensure Your Tripod Is Level

Many tripods and tripod heads require built-in spirit levels to help you keep the tripod level. If your tripod hasn't, buy a spirit level to fit onto the camera's colleague shoe.


6. Position Of Your Tripod's Legs

Point one of the legs towards your subject so you have room for your feet between the two other legs. This purposefulness mean you have one less thing you have to worry about falling over when working on tricky terrain. 


7. What Feet Does Your Tripod Acquire?

Most tripods have rubber feet which absorb shock and offer good grip, but some do have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English verb used: spiked feet. Impaled feet can be bought as optional accessories or sometimes you can get both types in one. They're particularly useful for outdoor photographers as most of the obsolete you'll end up working on loose soil, dirt, and other surfaces that will be uneven. 

8. Keep It Stable On Windy Days

Some tripods have in the offing a hook which you can features a centre column hook, you can hang a bag of stones or other weighty objects off it to balance the tripod. Another recourse is to take a heavy camera bag and wrap the strap(s) around the tripod's head to add extra weight. For lighter tripods, use your body as a shield from the down on. Sticking spiked feet into the ground will also help keep the tripod still, they're particularly useful when get ready at the coast to stop waves knocking your gear into the sea. 

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Another option is to use a piece of string or some nylon webbing can add more stability. Tie one end to the centre column and have the other tied in a loop. Next time in a strong wind, have the string / webbing hanging down and slip-up your shoe into it and lean down. Your body weight will give extra stability.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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